TMJ & Bruxism Treatment

Dr. Ashley Starnes is a TMJ dentist in Dunwoody, GA who offers relief for the painful symptoms of TMD and teeth grinding. When she evaluates your unique situation, she will match the treatment approach to your needs.

If you often wake up with a headache or notice pain in your jaw, neck, or shoulders, the reason may be a problem with your TMJ or temporomandibular joint.

What's the Difference between TMJ and TMD?

The TMJ is the joint that allows movement of your mouth from side to side and up and down. Because of all the work it does, the TMJ can become sore and overworked like any other joint in your body. When there’s any dysfunction with the way the joint works, we refer to it as Temporomandibular Joint Disorder or TMD.

How Can I Tell if I Have TMJ Problems?

Teeth grinding and problems with your dental bite are often the cause of TMJ pain. The constant force of grinding and clenching your teeth—called bruxism— often results in excessive dental wear, cracked or broken teeth, and jaw pain.

However, there’s a wide range of symptoms that can indicate you have TMD:

  • TMJ or jaw joint pain
  • Pain when chewing or yawning
  • Chronic headaches or migraines
  • Trouble opening and closing your jaw
  • Mouth locked open or closed.
  • Clicking or popping sounds in the jaw.
  • Ringing in the ears

Don't worry if you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms; some patients with TMD only ever experience mild discomfort, and with TMJ pain treatment at our Dunwoody dental office, the pain often subsides on its own.

How Do You Treat TMJ Pain?

Your first step is to call The Whole Tooth to let us know what you're experiencing, and we will schedule an appointment for you with Dr. Starnes. She will take digital x-rays and perform a thorough examination, including evaluating the way your teeth meet when you bite down and the way your jaw functions.

As a complex disorder, TMD is typically managed rather than cured. There are numerous treatment approaches, however, that give our patients the long-term TMJ pain relief they so desperately need:

  • Nightguards and splint therapy
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Physical therapy
  • Prescription muscle relaxers

Each of our patients has unique needs, so we evaluate yours carefully to determine which treatment approach would provide relief. Teeth grinding and TMJ problems are often related to stress and anxiety, so we may also recommend seeking out relaxation therapies like yoga or meditation.

Rest assured that it is often possible to manage your symptoms without the need for complex or costly treatment. 

Get Relief for TMJ Pain in Dunwoody, GA

We know that TMJ pain and problems can be all-consuming until you find a solution. If you have been experiencing symptoms and are ready to find relief, call our Dunwoody dental office to get started.